Tobias W.T. Burnett

Born: Fri., Dec. 9, 1938
Died: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018

Memorial Service to be held at a later date

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Tobias W.T. Burnett, age 79, of Murrysville died October 21, 2018 of complications from a heart attack.  He was born on December 9, 1938. He went to the Naval Academy and received his Masters of Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia.  Toby worked most of his career as a consultant for the Pittsburgh-area, Westinghouse Commercial Power Division until his death.  Highly respected in the nuclear power industry, he was renowned for his expertise in the design and licensing of commercial, pressurized water nuclear reactors.  He was a loving father that made the family needs his highest priority.  He was the glue that held the family together and he will be missed.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Caple Burnett, his sister, Lucille Burnett Garmon, his brother, John Ira Burnett, his father, Thomas Edison Burnett, and his mother Mary Margaret Miller Burnett.  He is survived by his sister, Gertrude (Burnett) Riley of Front Royal, VA, his son, Charles E. Burnett (Gail West) of Oswego, IL; three daughters, Jacqueline Yvonne Snodgrass (Bill) of Butler, PA, Mary Suzanne Burnett of Washington, D.C., Susan Colleen Safford of Butler; a son in law, Ted Safford of Oak Hill, Florida; three grandsons, Nicholas Burnett of Aurora, IL and Alex and Noah Safford of Oak Hill, Florida; two granddaughters, Sarah Burnett of LeMars, Iowa and Valerie West of Oswego, Il and six great-grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by his ex-wife, Keren Coxe.  A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, his wishes were for donations to be made in his memory to “Doctors without Borders”.

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Petr Dvorak
   Posted Fri October 26, 2018
I am honored to have know Toby since 1995. In that time, I was a young engineer and Toby was an experienced and recognized expert already. He was a best friend, colleague and mentor. We will miss him. We will never forget his friendly attitude, generosity, ability to solve difficult problems and willingness to help others. His genius is built in many technical solutions that he made in many nuclear power plants. Temelin in Czech reublic was one of them. Many people say and will say for decades, "well, this is perfect, this is made according to how Toby Burnett invented and designed it".
My condolences to his family.
Petr Dvorak

David Wright, USNA Class of 1961
   Posted Sun October 28, 2018
The USNA Class of 1961 shares in the loss of your loved one
and our classmate. He will be remembered at a Memorial Service
held as part of our 60th class reunion (Annapolis, MD Fall 2021).
It is our hope that you might be able to attend this Memorial Service.

Milan Sykora
   Posted Mon October 29, 2018
Deep condolence with regret in my heart. Toby was the greatest technical lecturer and mentor, I have ever met.
Milan (a friend from the Czech Republic)

David Sharp
   Posted Mon October 29, 2018
Toby was a great friend with a brilliant mind. His amazing engineering feats are well known, but his willingness to help his family and others was also extraordinary. I observed first hand Toby's offer to help even a stranger when my wife was searching for 24-hour care for a dear friend during her final days.

While working with Toby at Westinghouse over a span of 39 years, his friendship became one of the wonderful blessings of my life.

Paul Lang
   Posted Tue October 30, 2018
Tom, as we called him, was my room mate during our second year at the Naval Academy. I remember him as being very smart and a bit of a nonconformist. He will always be a member of the Class of 1961.

May he rest in peace.

Lynn Miller Hanson
   Posted Fri November 02, 2018
I miss my cousin Toby. He was smart, funny, kind, and always supportive. We had many fun times as kids, and as adults. I always remember when Toby took me aside at his mothers memorial service and said “we are the older generation now”. He was right, but I didn’t like it. He was a leader of our group of cousins. I miss his phone calls and messages. I miss knowing he was there.

Alizon M Garmon
   Posted Sat November 03, 2018
This is very sad news. I take comfort in having known him, and having visited him recently. My condolences is all his descendants. I also think he picked a wonderful charity and I will be happy to donate to it in his memory.

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